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International Development and Service

Making a Positive Impact on Local and Global Communities

The Master of Arts in International Development and Service (MA IDS) is a unique program, offered in partnership between Concordia University and an organization called IPSL. With a credo of “International Development through Service Leadership,” IPSL’s mission of providing meaningful service opportunities for students, both locally and abroad, pairs perfectly with Concordia’s mission of preparing leaders for the transformation of society.

The MA IDS program is designed for students who have already earned a baccalaureate degree and want to pursue a master’s degree that combines time in the United States with several overseas experiences. During this two-year program, students spend their first and fourth semesters taking classes on Concordia’s campus in Portland, Oregon; during semesters two and three, students select programs in Siena, Italy; Chiang Mai, Thailand; or Quito, Ecuador. Students also spend time working with various organizations in service-learning experiences each semester of the program. The MA IDS program begins every fall (August) and spring (January).

IPSL is currently accepting application for the Fall 2015 cohort.  The Priority Scholarship application deadline for Fall 2015 is April 1, 2015.  The Final Application deadline is August 1, 2015. Candidates whose applications are received by the Priority Scholarship deadline will be considered for the IPSL relocation and need-based scholarship funds. Cohort size is limited, therefore early application is recommended.

Download the graduate program FAQs

Download the graduate program brochure

Meet some of the students in the MA IDS program.

Visit the IPSL website for more information and to apply